Best New Conservative Words

Words of wisdom : Conservative

The “tax-and-spend” slogan stuck to Harry Hopkins like a well-fitted suit.

Conservative terms, expressing conservative insights, originate at a faster rate and with higher quality than liberal terms do. Conservative triumph over liberalism is thus inevitable.

Each year the English language develops about a thousand new words. The King James Version of the Bible contains only about 8,000 different words;[1] many good words have developed since.

Powerful new conservative terms have grown at a geometric rate, roughly doubling every century. For each new conservative term originating in the 1600s,[2] there are two new terms originating in the 1700s, four new terms in the 1800s, and eight new terms in the 1900s, for a pattern of “1-2-4-8”. This suggests that the future will be increasingly conservative.

Century# New Conservative Terms
2000s47 (preliminary)

Conservative words and terms

New TermOrigin dateComments
a.m.1762“a.m.” means “before noon” in Latin (ante meridiem); it became popular much as “A.D.” did. Also, a morning work ethic is a conservative concept.
abortuary1983an abortion clinic, which in reality is a mortuary for unborn children
abstract nonsense1940sa pejorative term for unnecessarily abstract mathematics of doubtful rigor; liberal denial insists that this term, which describes something as “nonsense”, is somehow not negative!
accountability1794the willingness or obligation to be held responsible for one’s actions – a fundamental conservative ideal, unlike liberals who believe that “society”, and not individuals, is responsible for their wrongdoing.
accuracy1660conservatives strive for accuracy, while many liberals are masters of deceit
Achilles’ heel1864an inevitable weak point of vulnerability amid overall strength, highlighting the need for God even by the strongest
act of God1787[3][4]an extraordinary, unforeseeable event, such as a massive flood or earthquake; term was probably inspired as a reference to the Great Flood
action-at-a-distance1693Newton‘s acceptance of this concept—which became fundamental to electrostatics and quantum mechanics and has a basis in Christianity[5]—was central to the development of his theory of gravity.[6] Materialists censor this concept, while Einstein criticized it as “spooky”.
activism1915this differentiates conservatives from inactive people; this term might have originated in connection with Prohibition and efforts to pass the Eighteenth Amendment
addictive1939the intrinsic characteristic of certain things or activities to induce repetitious involvement, usually with a harmful effect on the participant, as in gambling, or video games.
administrative state1948[7]originally used in a descriptive manner by admirers of it, the term is frequently used in a pejorative manner by conservatives due to the lack of accountability of an overbearing bureaucracy.
aerobics1967invented by the Christian Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper[8] to describe his self-help program to improve health; he gave the title “Aerobics” to his ground-breaking book in 1968, and eventually it revolutionized attitudes toward exercise.
agency capture1985[9]the misuse of Big Government (agencies) by Big Business to choke off free enterprise through regulations that impede competition
agitprop1929propaganda designed to incite agitation, originally coined to describe communist propaganda
alarmism1867needless warnings, as in the politically motivated claims of global warming
alcoholism1860excessive or addictive drinking of alcohol
algorithm1849an efficient and consistent step-by-step methodology for achieving a goal, the opposite of liberal style
altar call1899an invitation by a preacher for people to come forward to the altar to signify their personal commitment to Christ, and many do
altruism1853selfless assistance of others; this also occurs in the animal kingdom, and is a counterexample to evolution
ambulance chaser1896a lawyer who searches for victims to persuade them to sue for his profit
American dream1911[10]the vision that, with hard work, anyone in American can attain happiness and prosperity
American exceptionalism1835the idea that the United States and the American people hold a special place in the world, by offering opportunity and hope for humanity
American Way1930slater conservative entrepreneurs used this to coin a new name for what became a highly successful and uniquely American business model: “Amway”
anti-Christian1900sopposing Christian ideals and institutions
anticompetitive1854interfering with open competition and the enormous benefits that flow from it
antilife1929term criticizing a tendency to oppose life and lifesaving care
antitrust1890the origin is the passage of the Republican-sponsored Sherman Act to prohibit restraints of trade, one of the greatest pieces of legislation in all of history
apathetic1744term critical of the those who are deliberately inactive and disengaged mentally
apologetic1649offered in support or defense, especially of Christianity (typically used today as the noun “apologetics”).
apology tour2009the term is used to criticize someone who repeatedly apologizes for a country or institution that does a great deal of good; this term became popular to criticize the newly elected Barack Obama for going on a foreign tour to bash the United States, which was misleading and broke a tradition of presidents not doing that.
Apostles’ Creed1658a concise statement of Christian faith that began with the original Apostles and has guided billions since. (The earliest historical evidence of the creed’s existence is in a letter written by the Council of Milan in 390 A.D.[11])
apparatchik1941an official who blindly does what he thinks his government superiors want, as in communism
apple pie1780honesty, simplicity, wholesomeness. Relating to, or characterized by traditionally American values.[12]
arm-twisting1945behind-the-scenes pressure tactics used in politics, primarily by liberals, in order to compel people to vote and act in ways they would not do otherwise
assimilate1880s[13]the desired absorption of immigrant groups into the culture and mores of the resident population
atheistic1625-35An adjective pertaining to or characteristic of atheists or atheism; containing, suggesting, or disseminating atheism.
attention span1934correlated with intelligence, the attention span is how long someone can concentrate on something. It is rapidly shortening; the Lincoln-Douglas debates 150 years ago lasted for hours, but none do today.[14] The average length of sentences in speech is another indication of attention span, and it has been shortening significantly.
Austrian economics1900s[15]an approach to economics that emphasizes the purposeful decisions of individuals, and which was belatedly recognized by a 1974 Nobel Prize to Friedrich von Hayek; these economic ideas influenced Ludwig von MisesRon Paul, and 1987 Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan.
axiomatic1797self-evident (first usage), and later it developed the meaning of being based on a set of axioms
baby boom1920[16]an increase in birthrate, which is a good thing; note that what is known as post-World War II baby boom actually started before the war, contrary to what textbooks teach. Perpetuating the mistake, the U.S. Census Bureau counts the generation born between 1946 and 1964 as the baby boomers.[17]
back burner1963inactive status away from attention, as in “RINOs try to put social issues on the back burner”
bag lady1979a woman, typically unmarried, whose life tragically degenerated into a homeless existence of wandering in a city while carrying bags of worthless possessions
bailout1951wasting taxpayer money to rescue, temporarily, a failing company
bake sale1903[18]the activity of volunteers, typically women, baking good food and selling it to raise money for a worthy cause
balkanize1919to break a region or neighborhood into divisive components; the opposite of the American concept of assimilation or “E pluribus unum
bargain hunter1911conservative trait that helps keep inflation low. First usage in courts occurred when the Minnesota Supreme Court struck down a regulation and explained that the improper regulation was too broad and not limited to protection against schemes that deceive a “veteran bargain hunter.” Kanne v. Segerstrom Piano Mfg. Co., 118 Minn. 483, 487, 137 N.W. 170, 171 (1912).
baseball1815an American original that is governed by rules rather than a clock; the stars and fans are overwhelmingly conservative
bedrock1840-1850an American term for unbroken solid rock underneath fragments or soil, which adopted the figurative meaning of strong values: “bedrock principles”[19]
beltway mentality1986popularized by Paul Weyrich though possibly first used by then-Governor John Sununu (“captives of yourselves”), it refers to a governing style that sees only as far as the highway that surrounds its capital, especially the one around D.C.
benchmark1842a quality standard for which people can strive
Best of the Public2009A term coined by Andy Schlafly to express the idea that one does not need liberal credentials that so-called “experts” have. Indeed, many great historical figures would have failed the liberal “expert” test.
biased1649to show prejudice for or against something; American society is rapidly becoming biased against Christian and Conservative beliefs
Bible Belt1925southern regions of the United States where people read the Bible and attend church, rather than try to avoid both as in the liberal Northeast and West Coast
Biblophobic2012[20]hatred or fear of the Bible
Bidenism1992an idiotic remark that would subject the politician to enormous ridicule if he were a conservative, but when spoken by liberal Joe Biden the media are just fine with it
Big Brother1949government constantly watching its citizens; George Orwell first coined this term in his classic, 1984
Bilderbergers1964[21]a secret political society that was first exposed in A Choice Not an Echo; the society consists of elite globalists who have met annually since 1954 to try to exert influence over the world
biological clock1955how each woman begins to lose her ability to have children at age 27, no matter how much feminists try to conceal this scientific fact from women
Blame America Crowd[22]1984Michael Barone quoted Jeane Kirkpatrick as saying that the “San Francisco Democrats” (site of the Democratic National Convention in 1984) “always blame America first.”[23]
blank check1884irresponsibly giving someone unlimited spending authority or power, as in “a Con Con would be a blank check to destroy the nation”
blather1719nonsensical or insignificant babble, as in “liberal blather is common in the lamestream media
blue curtain2016Michigan and Pennsylvania, which for nearly 30 years were “safe” Democratic states in presidential elections totaling a whopping 36 electoral college votes in 2016, but won by Donald Trump in a massive upset aided by their lack of early voting that is manipulated by Democrats in other states.
Blue Dog Democrat1995a person who adheres to conservative principles within the Democratic party, once called a Boll Weevil; as of 2009 there are 45-50 Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives, which is enough to form a majority with Republicans
bona fides1910[24]evidence or confirmation of someone’s good faith or authenticity
boomerang1825originally coined to describe a throwing device that returns to the thrower, the term became increasingly useful to describe how wrongful conduct returns to bite the perpetrator
boondoggle1935“popularized during the New Deal as a contemptuous word for make-work projects for the unemployed.” [25] The term gained popularity in Canada following a corruption scandal tied to the Liberal government in 2000.
bootstrap1913unaided effort, personal merit, hard work
bork1988coined by William Safire to refer to how Democrats savage a conservative nominee, such as their defeat of Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork.
born-again1961it takes an open mind and heart
borrowed time1898a bit more time in life than one has earned, which is best spent by accepting the truth of the Bible
bottom line1967the essential point, without the liberal claptrap[26]
brainstorm1894a burst of productive thought
brainwashing1950derived from the Chinese term “xǐnǎo” soon after the communist takeover of China, “brainwashing” means forced abandonment of faith in favor of regimented atheism. In a more general sense, it refers to the manipulation and control of the human mind through torture and propaganda techniques.
Brexit2016the slogan for the successful campaign in the United Kingdom to leave the EU, it has since been copied to describe movements in additional countries to reject globalism, such as “Frexit.”
bright-line rule1971[27]a clear, unwavering line dividing what is allowed from what is prohibited; increasingly favored to avoid confusion and requirements that arbitrarily change. Championed by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
bromide1836[28]hackneyed, unoriginal statement lacking in substance, similar to liberal claptrap
brinkmanship1956the art of displaying a willingness to use military force in order to obtain a just resolution to a conflict between nations
busywork1910meaningless activity under the pretense of accomplishing something
cabin fever1900a mental and emotional reaction to a confinement on freedom of mobility as though imprisoned in a cabin
can-do1903 [29]Phrase coined in a short story by Rudyard Kipling that has come to refer to an attitude that espouses individual ability and responsibility and not reliance on entitlements
Cantorize2014[30]to be removed from a high political position by a vote in one’s own primary
capitalism1850-1855creating jobs and wealth based on a private invention, ownership and investments rather than state-controlled resources
career politician1974[31]a term originally used for the entrenched communist government officials in Yugoslavia, with whom even President Tito was fed up; today it applies to the thousands of self-serving politicians who avoid productive jobs
carpetbagger1868a politician who moves to a new area to be elected to a government position, as in Hillary Clinton moving to New York to become a U.S. Senator
carte blanche1645-1655unconditional authority or power, without any limits on misuse of that power
cash discount1917a reduction in price for payment by cash, in recognition of how cash is more efficient
catharsis1775facilitating forgiveness and spiritual renewal by expression, as in writing or teaching or confession
caucus1763citizens or representatives gathering to meet and reach political decisions as a group while harnessing aspects of the best of the public; first coined by John Adams[32] when he described a meeting of political Boston elders as a “caucus club”; the word may be from an Algonquian term for a group of advisers or elders.
cesspool1782an evil or corrupt place or state.
chaperone1720care and well-being of youths overseen by adults
charisma1930literally “a gift from God”, charisma is a personal magic of leadership found in conservative public figures (but beware of the liberal tendency to put style before substance!)
Chicken Little1895one who falsely predicts disaster, especially for silly reasons: “global alarmists” are the Chicken Littles of our time[33]
Chinese wall1900a beneficial, impregnable wall that safeguards against wrongdoing
choice, not an echo1964[34]a pithy slogan that objects to politics-as-usual as controlled by insiders regardless of which political party wins
Christmas card1883another conservative innovation that apparently did not exist earlier, even though mail did; cards that say “Seasons Greetings” are a cheap imitation now.
Christmas tree1835the immensely popular custom of using an evergreen tree to support ornaments, cards and gifts, and symbolize life impervious to the darkness and cold of winter
chump change1968a term that highlights the insignificance of an amount of money; used especially against a miser or someone who makes the mistake of thinking money is more important than Christ
churchgoer1687a person who makes an effort, during the 168 hours in a week, to attend a church service
circle the wagons1800sregroup with family and friends, when under attack. usage from settlers in the old US west.
citizen’s arrest1941private enforcement of the law without the need of a taxpayer-funded police officer
civil defense1939civilians protecting themselves and their community against attack or natural disasters
claptrap1799pretentious, verbose, and often liberal nonsense; example usage: “the professor wasted the rest of the class on his liberal claptrap
class act1976exemplify conservative principles with values, integrity and a work ethic
class warfare1848this concept was initially coined by Karl Marx in The Communist Manifesto, but it has become so discredited that it is now used mostly by conservatives to point out liberal demagoguery
closed shop1904a business that requires membership in a union as a condition of working there; 22 conservative states prohibit this
clueless1943hopelessly ignorant about something important, as liberals often are
Coasean1980san efficient result or bargain based on market forces without the distortions caused by transaction costs
cogent1659compelling with the powerful force of reason, the opposite of liberal claptrap
cold turkey1921a slang term for doing something all at once, as in defeating an addiction by completely turning away from it, often by using power of the Bible and Christ
Cold War1945coined by George Orwell shortly after he wrote Animal Farm,[35] as recognition that communist nations were at war with American freedom even in the absence of actual military conflict
collectivism1857when decision-making by a group takes priority over the good ideas of an individual, often preventing progress
Columbian1757relating to Christopher Columbus or the United States
commie1940abbreviation for “communist” that captures their simple-minded totalitarianism
common sense1726sound judgment based on facts
Con Con1980spopularized by Phyllis Schlafly to highlight the deception and risks inherent in proposed national constitutional conventions
conniption1833hysteria or alarm, as in “having a conniption fit”; a typical response by liberals when confronted with their double standards and illogical positions
conservation of charge1949overall charge does not change in an isolated system; it is neither created nor destroyed; the concept was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin but the date of origin for this term is surprisingly recent
conservative1808[36]principles of limited government, personal responsibility, moral values, and productivity
conservative field1870s?a type of physical force over a region such that items moving throughout the region can store energy without loss, as in the planetary system and electrical products[37]
consumer surplus1890[38]the extra benefit received by consumers above the price they paid for a good or service, illustrating the value of the free market; specifically, consumer surplus is the difference between what consumers would have paid for something, and the lower price they did pay.
constant1832(noun) something unchanging in value
constitutionality1787its date of origin is the year of the Constitutional Convention that proposed the U.S. Constitution
contrarian1657someone who advocates views contrary to that of others; this type of person frustrates liberal attempts to gain control
cooking the data1830Charles Babbage used it in his book, “Reflections on the Decline of Science in England.”[39]
copacetic1890s[40]Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, tap dancer extraordinaire, claimed the invention of this word; it was first popularized by African Americans
cop-out1942taking the easy way out, usually by shirking one’s responsibilities
copyright1735extending private property to protect expressive works
corporate socialism1970sthe tendency of large corporations to act in a socialistic manner, at the expense of meritocracy and productivity
correlate1742(verb) to show that one thing relates to another, such as atheism or homosexuality and selfishness or lack of charity; liberals falsely rely on anecdotes to deny the general relationship
countability1874Georg Cantor, loathed by the leading contemporary mathematicians, developed this in proving that the real numbers are uncountable
counterexample1957an example that is contrary to the proposition. A common point in logical, reasoned debate.
counterfactual1946especially assumptions that are contrary to fact; Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the U.S. Supreme Court, “petitioners’ standing does not require precise proof of what the Board’s policies might have been in that counterfactual world.”[41]
counterproductive1959interfering with a worthy goal. Example usage: “nearly everything a liberal supports is counterproductive.”
counter-reformation1840a movement in response to another movement, as in a counter-reformation to the homosexual agenda
cover-up1927concealment by government officials of the truth about a matter of public concern
crackpot1884crazy talk, lunacy, a person on the fringe of reality
creation science1970sa term coined by the young-Earth creationist Henry Morris.[42]
Credentialism1967the often-false belief that credentials make someone a better or more competent person
creativity1875an ability, unique to God and his likeness, to make something from nothing
cross-examination1824the most effective tool against liberal deceit, better than even the requirement of an oath
crystal clear1815liberals are the opposite
culture war1991widespread use after the book Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America by James Davison Hunter
cyberbullying2000sa type of obnoxious and hurtful liberal behavior on the internet
dark money2010money that influences politics in secretive ways without traceability to its mega-donors, such as George Soros
de minimis1948an inconsequential amount. Sample usage: “Liberals typically spend at most de minimis time reading the Bible.”
deadweight loss1930s[43]the loss in overall wealth and efficiency imposed by monopolies and taxation, due to the loss in extra value that someone would have received beyond what he would have paid for a good at a free market price
death panel2009a provision of Obamacare that will enable a panel of government bureaucrats to decide who receives medical treatment
death tax1989interestingly, the term was coined by Canadians opposed to the high estate tax on their assets held in the United States; Frank Luntz is credited with later popularizing this term in the United States.[44]
debunk1923derived from “bunkum” (nonsense), a term that originated in 1845 based on a silly, tiresome speech made by Congressman Felix Walker on the floor of Congress in 1820 in which he said his real audience was his constituents in Buncombe County, NC
decentralization1846the dispersion of power, as in a shift from national to local control
decrypt1935military code-breaking, which played an instrumental role in World War II in deciphering enemy codes that many felt were unbreakable; illustrates the “can do” approach of conservatism in a patriotic way
deep state2017the entrenched bureaucracy in D.C. that opposes and undermines attempts by a conservative president to scale back government
defeatism1918a negative attitude that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy
defensive driving1964a style of driving a car that always focuses on avoiding accidents, even those potentially caused by others; nearly a half-century later, dictionaries still do not recognize this term
deflation1891an increase in the value of savings
defund1948refers especially to termination of government funding of a wasteful or hurtful program
deliberative assembly1774[45]used by Edmund Burke in describing the British parliament during a speech to voters in Bristol; he meant a body of persons meeting to discuss and decide common action under parliamentary law
demagogue1648the initial meaning of “demagogue” was positive, but preacher Robert South gave it a negative connotation in 1716 by observing that a “plausible, insignificant word, in the mouth of an expert demagogue, is a dangerous and a dreadful weapon.”
demonic1662in its serious usage, “demonic” refers to actions that seem to be influenced by evil or by Satan himself, such as when someone acts out of character in a wrongful way, or when a group goes in a bad direction, or when random chance takes an unlikely bizarre turn; demonic also explains why some events or activities become more overbearing than they should
denaturalization1858[46]taking away the citizenship of a naturalized citizen (a “natural born citizen” cannot be denaturalized).
deregulation1963Reagan won in 1980 by campaigning on this.
design by committeebefore 1958pejorative term directed against collective production by a group
despotism1727a ruler with unlimited powers
deterrence1861Disincentive of committing a crime based on the amount of punishment
devalue1918describing an unwelcome attitude or act, as in “devaluing human life”
devil’s advocate1760someone who espouses the position of the wrong side, in order to test, sharpen and strengthen the right side
devotee1645ardent follower, supporter, or loyalty to. 56 years separates devotee and devoted
disinformation1950sfalse information spread (and sometimes manufactured) by groups with a strong political agenda
division of labor1776increasing productivity through specialization of labor, as in a husband working in manufacturing while his wife cares for children
dog and pony show1970an overblown event, typically having more fanfare than substance; liberals like to run a “dog and pony show” in towns having a large public university, where students brainwashed by liberal professors are led like cattle to the events
domino effect1966how the fall of one nation to communism can result in its harmful spread to neighboring nations
double standard1894applying harsher criticism against one group, such as churchgoers or conservatives, than against another group, such as atheists or liberals; recognition of a double standard by the Prodigal Son led him to repent and convert
doublethink1949a term first coined by George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984; it means simultaneously holding contradictory beliefs, which is a characteristic of status worship
doubting Thomas1848someone who believes only what he can see and touch, and doubts all else; named after the Apostle Thomas as described at John 20:24
drain the swamp2016popularized by Donald Trump, it is an expression that President Ronald Reagan once used in 1983 to “drain the swamp” in reference to big government in D.C.
drifter1897someone whose residency wanders about aimlessly, failing to become a permanent, productive member of any community
duh science2000First coined by the LA Weekly to criticize the LA Times for failing to criticize a publicly funded study that concluded that pessimistic people are often in bad moods.[47]
dumb down1933
dumpster diving1982Searching through dumpsters for food or other material that can used rather than discarded; first known use: “Restaurant and store owners have complained about drunks panhandling during the day and ‘dumpster diving’ through trash at night.”[48] It is also a popular method used by watchdog groups; they rummage through the trash of organizations they consider to be corrupt, hoping to find evidence to use against them (televangelist Robert Tilton’s ministry was brought down in such a manner; thousands of prayer requests — with all the donations removed — were found in the dumpster of his attorney).
duplicitous1928someone—particularly a liberal politician—who deceptively says one thing when he really intends to do something else
Eagle Scout1913the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, the term also means “a straight-arrow and self-reliant man.”[49]
earmark2009“A provision in congressional legislation that allocates a specified amount of money for a specific project, program or organization.”[50]
economic rent1889revenue above the minimum amount to keep a good or service on the market, typically due to monopoly power; notice the date of origin was only one year prior to passage of the conservative Sherman Act in 1990
editorialize1856“to introduce opinion into the reporting of facts”[51]
educrat1968a liberal education bureaucrat
efficiency1633ultimately from the Latin efficientem, meaning “working out, or accomplishing”[52]
egotism1714the root of atheism, as explained by Paul in Romans 1:21-22; the root of depression and anxiety also
electioneering1780sto work for the success of a particular candidate, party, ticket, etc., in an election.
elementary proof1865a mathematical proof based on the minimum assumptions associated with real analysis; term probably does not predate complex analysis and its first use may have been the English mathematician James Joseph Sylvester’s paper, “On an elementary proof and generalisation of Sir Isaac Newton’s hitherto undenionstrated rule for the discovery of imaginary roots.”[53]
elitism1950an attitude or belief in one’s superiority based solely on membership in a particular group or community, especially liberals
embryoscopy1967[54]Search this term on the internet and see the spectacular photos of the unborn child (“embryo”) that were “scoped” by tiny cameras.
empowerment1986facilitating power for the ordinary; see also best of the public
empty nest1962a family home after children have grown and left
entitlement1944a liberal welfare state’s “reward” for refusing to work hard and succeed
entrepreneur1852a brave person willing to take the necessary risks to establish a business, often found in the free market enterprise system
ethnic voting1900swidely recognized and even advocated by some,[55] yet the dictionary doesn’t yet recognize it
etiquette1740social standards of behavior that promote dignity and discourage inept communications (or lack thereof)
Eurabia1970sA satirical word based on the idea that Europe is rapidly becoming Islamized.
Eurosceptic1970ssomeone who opposes joining the super-socialist European Union; some prefer the term “Eurorealist” to express this opposition, and sometimes “Eurosceptic” is used to criticize opponents of the EU
everyman1906the typical person
exceptional1787same year of origin as the U.S. Constitution!
exculpatory1781often used in the phrase “exculpatory evidence,” it took nearly 50 years to develop this term after origination of the legal term suggesting guilt: “incriminate”
existence proof1950overcoming denial that something is possible by referencing its existence
expatriate1768to give up one’s own citizenship, or be banished by one’s own nation
explain away1704a weaker form of liberal denial, “explain away” the truth is the only way that some remain liberal as they grow older
expose1803(noun) a statement of the facts, typically to discredit wrongdoing by government
eyeball-to-eyeball1962“We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked” was a conservative statement by Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the Cuban Missile Crisis.[56]
facade1845[57]Example usage: “The facade of a liberal politician is often conservative.”
fair shake1830approaching an idea or concept with an open mind
fairy tale1749a fanciful fictional story – sample usage: “Evolution is a fairy tale for adults who don’t want to read and accept the logic of the Bible.”
faith healing1885
faithless elector2016an elector in the Electoral College who violates his pledge to support the candidate chosen by the voters in his state, and instead votes for someone else or abstains; the liberal media thereby referred to electors who might betray Trump
fake news2017[58]Popularized by President Donald Trump in describing false smears by the liberal media against him and other conservatives.
false flag2015deceptive tactic by ISIS and other insurgents to commit heinous acts but falsely make it look like the governing regime did it. The origin of the name comes from a ship sailing under the false flag of its adversary until it got close enough to fire upon them.
family values1916a moral code that binds together and strengthens a typical family unit; widespread use after a speech by Vice President Dan Quayle, 1992
fat farm1969a place where obese people—such as self-centered atheists—might go to try to lose weight
father figure1934someone who fulfills the essential role of a father, biological or figurative
faux conservative1990[59]
federal government1787used by Alexander Hamilton in the first phrase of the Federalist Papers to signify a government that is not fully sovereign, as the States are
federalism1789the unique system of dual sovereigns, state and federal (national), established by the U.S. Constitution
fear-mongering1938[60]a method of stirring up exaggerated fear by the public, typically to expand government
feedback1920an all-important element of accountability and improvement, and a key consideration in good engineering design
fellow traveller1925may have existed earlier, but popularized in 1924 by Leon Trotsky. Describes a sympathizer of a cause but who does not formally belong to the cause, such as a communist sympathizer who is not part of the communist party. The term was invented by the communists in its original, non-negative sense, but the conservatives were the first to use it as a pejorative term.
fiscal cliff2012first coined by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, it refers to the effect on the economy of a sharp drop in spending and perhaps an increase in taxes scheduled to take effect at approximately the same time.[61]
flip-flop1976verb, meaning to change political position, typically due to liberal pressure. First used by the Republican S.I. Hayakawa campaign to describe California Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator John Tunney, whom Hayakawa defeated in an upset.
force-feed1901to force someone to accept something, often against that person’s will; what liberals do to students in public schools today in training them to be atheistic socialists
fornonormativity2016A state of a society, organization, or group in which fornication and related behaviors are presupposed to be normal, morally good, and expected. In a fornonormative social milieu, people who abstain from or oppose certain behaviors are considered deviant or worse.
forward-looking1800planning for the future rather than dwelling on the past
Founding Fathers1914the several dozen Christians[62], not semi-secular deists, contrary to popular belief, who helped draft the formative documents of the United States
free enterprise1820
free lunch1949something acquired ostensibly without paying for it, as in welfare; often used to remind people that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” in order to point out that it must cost someone something, now or later.
free market1907an economy wherein anyone can run a business with limited government intervention, if not none at all
free speech1873shorthand for “freedom of speech,” but with a connotation that extends to non-citizens and listeners; first used in a U.S. Supreme Court opinion in dissent in the Slaughter-House Cases by Justice Bradley
free world1949areas of the world free of communism, fascism, and other dystopian, oppressive liberal governments
freeloader1934someone who avoids paying or working to earn a share of a benefit
frontiersmen1814living and working in a self-sufficient manner and with courage in a new land.
fuzzy math1937non-computational math designed to obscure the differences between the correct answers and the incorrect—but perhaps politically motivated—answers
galvanize1802as in, “the liberal proposals galvanized the grassroots in opposition”
gambit1656a sacrifice that obtains an advantageous position, as in the game of chess (Bobby Fischer‘s queen’s gambit was a masterpiece) or in real life (the Passion of Christ)
gamble1726to intentionally take a risk for the sake of the risk itself, often addictive and even demonic as in gambling
gang up1925group pressure
gateway drug1982a slang term describing an addictive substance that can lead to a more addictive substance, as in when abuse of alcohol/marijuana eventually leads to harder drugs cocaine/heroin
gerrymandering1812coined by a newspaper editor to criticize the manipulation of the lines of a new district into a salamander shape[63] that favored election of a liberal politician
gimmick1922originally meant a deceptive mechanical device for controlling a gambling machine, and then its meaning expanded to include all trickery to attract attention
girlie men1988popularized by Arnold Schwarzenegger before he became California‘s Republican governor, beginning when he campaigned for President George H.W. Bush by referring to his liberal opponents as “girlie men”
Giving Tuesday2012a day of charity during the Christmas season, in response to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”
globalism1997Merriam-Webster states it was first used in 1943[64] and the OED gives a date of 1965 for the exact term “globalism”;[65] the term “globalization” was first used in the mid-1980s in a different, complimentary sense.
God-fearing1835Living by the rules of God; living in a way that is considered morally right.
godsend1820something so miraculous that there is no other explanation for it other than it being a blessing from God; can be used positively in both the literal and figurative sense
go-getter1921someone who works hard with unwavering determination to achieve a goal
gold standard1831the highest standard. With respect to currency, when money could be exchanged for a fixed amount of gold.
golden parachute1981a pejorative term for a pre-arranged handout to a corporate executive when fired, as when the company is taken over by new ownership
good book1860the Bible
Good Samaritan1640a person who performs acts of voluntary charity, as did a Samaritan in one of Jesus’ parables
goon1926a dim-witted thug, especially one who intimidates on behalf of a union
government school1955coined by economist Milton Friedman as a more accurate name for public schools
grade inflation1975the tendency by Liberal educationalists and public schools to increase marks, irrespective of merit or actual achievement.
gradualism1835a form of liberal creep
grandmaster1927the elite chess ranking of excellence, based entirely on merit, which is 99% male to the dismay of feminists
grandstand1917to act in an insincere or exaggerated manner in order to try to impress onlookers
gravy train1927easy money for little or no work, in contrast with the work ethic; notice how the Great Depression hit two years later
greasy spoon1902a free enterprise term for a small, cheap restaurant – which in many places is just what the public wants; reflects Jesus’ Biblical scientific foreknowledge about the digestive system
Great Awakening1730-1740A religious revival. Christian Great Awakenings recur periodically. See Essay:The Coming Fifth Great Awakening in America.
Gresham’s Law1858the tendency in a free market for bad money (which loses its value) to drive out (be used more often in transactions) than good money (which retains its value), because people want to horde the good money while getting rid of the bad money; a similar effect can be seen when profanity drives out intelligent discussion
groupthink1952a style of thought consisting of conformity to a manufactured consensus and self-deception; coined by William H. Whyte in 1952.
half-baked1855an idea that can appear reasonable at first, but with just a little thought it is recognized to be absurd
hallmark1721purity, authenticity, as in an official seal or distinguishing feature
handout1882describes charity and government giveaways
happy talk1973senseless banter among broadcasters in the lamestream media, as a substitute for real news; more generally, happy talk is unjustifiably feel-good rhetoric that implicitly denies the real existence of Hell.
hardworking1774the quality of working persistently to achieve something
harmless error1861an insignificant violation of a duty or procedural rule; first used in Western Ins. Co. v. The Goody Friends, 29 F. Cas. 764 (S.D. Ohio 1861) (referring to a duty)
hatchet job1944still looking for the context of its first use; today it means an article, typically by a liberal, that misleadingly smears someone, typically a conservative
Hawthorne effect1962the increase in achievement resulting merely from being observed; this was demonstrated by experiment at the Hawthorne Works of Western Electric in Cicero, Illinois
heartland1904the central portion of the United States known for its conservative values and lack of control by the liberal media and Hollywood
heckler’s veto1965coined by University of Chicago Law Professor Harvey Kalven, Jr., a strong supporter of free speech in politics, this term has been used in Supreme Court decisions by Justices Sam Alito,[66] Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas.[67]
high maintenance1980s[68]someone, often liberal, who repeatedly demands attention and unproductive help from others
hindsight1866understanding of an event or decision with the benefit of wisdom gained afterward
hippie1965a member of the original 1960s counterculture, which rejects traditional morality, encourages smoking marijuana and LSD, promotes feminine hairstyles on men and masculine hairstyles on women, encourages limitless extramarital sex, and shuns hard work; this term became increasingly pejorative over time
hissy fit1970an unjustified tantrum, typically female in nature, as in “feminists had a hissy fit when Lawrence Summers suggested (but criticized) the possibility that women have weaker scientific aptitude than men, and Summers ultimately resigned.”
hoax1796to deceive the public into believing something that is false, often to pull people away from the Christianity and the Bible.
Hobson’s choice1649[69]an ostensible choice that disguises a lack of freedom, because each alternative is completely unacceptable. This term is invoked to criticize an illusory freedom of choice. This term has been used in 48 cases by Supreme Court Justices, more often by conservatives than by liberals.
hokey1927phony, in an obvious or corny way (in 1908, “hokum” originated, which means pretentious nonsense[70])
Holy Week1710the week leading up to Easter, including the PassionCrucifixion and Resurrection
home rule1855[71]self-government on an issue at a local level, as in curriculum in education being established by a school district rather than the state or federal government
homemaker1876a wife and mother whose efforts are wisely spent running the household for the family
hometown1912the place where someone grew up and typically obtained some benefit
homosexual agenda1989the sociopolitical ideology governing homosexuals; used to promote the agenda in the book After the Ball, but then used to criticize the movement by Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent in Lawrence v. Texas (2003)
honor system1903an approach to discipline that emphasizes and encourages trust, honesty and personal responsibility rather than constant supervision
human rights1766rights of all peoples, such as to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as set forth in the Declaration of Independence
hype1931originally meant to deceive or “put on,” and then its meaning shifted slightly to represent extravagant promotion of something as the liberal media often doset forth in the Declaration of Independence
hypergamy1883the preference of many women to “marry up,” which requires a society where men tend to make more than women do
hyphenated American1889an American citizen who identifies as another nationality before identifying as American; President Theodore Roosevelt said in 1915, “There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American.”
hypothesis1656a suggestion, typically scientific in nature, which must be tested and proven before asserted as truth
hysteria1801From the Latin hystericus, from Greek hystera meaning “womb”[73] (an old notion that hysteria was caused by the womb).
idealist1829a person guided by ideals
illiteracy1660a lack of reading comprehension or writing ability, which often results in lack of free will; liberals seek to produce illiterate voters who lack independence, and many graduates of the public schools are illiterate today
inalienable1640sdescribes something cannot be taken away, especially by government, as in “inalienable rights” in the Declaration of Independence
inattentive1741[74]more than 150 years before the discovery in physics of the connection between attentiveness/observation and uncertainty/chaos, this conservative word cautioned against inattentiveness
incentivize1970to create a reward to encourage good work
incidental inequality2009inequalities that result as side effects of an objectively just system
incoherent1626not consistently making sense; the term often applies to liberal double standards
incompleteness1931a system of logic or mathematics that includes propositions that are impossible to prove or disprove; term coined as a result of Kurt Gödel‘s work in 1931
incrementalism1966imposing bad political or social change slowly
indecisive1726being unable to make a decision; can result from a lack of faith and determination
independence1640free will
individualism1827the idea that values, rights and duties arise from the individual
inerrancy1834free from error, as in “biblical inerrancy”
infinitesimal1706vanishingly small and approaching zero, as in the faith of an atheist
inflationary1920policies causing inflation of the monetary supply
informed consent1967consent to surgery is meaningful only if informed, a requirement that should apply to abortion
initiative1793self-starting first step toward improvement, overcoming a tendency of complacent underachievement
inoculate1721to safeguard against future harm by developing immunity against it. Sample usage: “Conservapedia inoculates against liberal claptrap.”
insightful1907what conservatism is about: gaining insights into the truth, and bettering individuals and society with them
inside baseball1978[75]strategy and tactics known to the well-informed participants, but mysterious to most observers
intangible1914something valuable that cannot be seen or touched, such as goodwill
intellectual property1845denotes an intangible work that rightfully belongs to its creator, e.g. “we [should] protect intellectual property, the labors of the mind, productions and interests as much a man’s own, and as much the fruit of his honest industry, as the wheat he cultivates, or the flocks he rears.” Davoll v. Brown, 7 F. Cas. 197 (Cir. Ct. Mass. 1845) (Woodbury, federal judge).
intelligent design1991[76]coined in Darwin on Trial, a book by Philip Johnson, who is considered the father of the intelligent design movement and who co-founded the Discovery Institute‘s Center for Science and Culture in 1996[77]
interventionism1923“governmental interference in economic affairs at home or in political affairs of another country”[78]
invisible hand1776coined by Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations and widely used today.
invisible hand of marriage2008discovered on Conservapedia, it is the unseen force of productivity that results from marriage (only between a man and woman).
Iron curtain1945coined by Winston Churchill in a speech in Missouri just after World War II, to describe the communist’s figurative wall against freedom
irreducible complexity1935coined[79] and later adopted and developed by Michael Behe to describe structure or system that could not possibly have evolved, because removing any part makes it nonfunctional, thereby showing that God must have created it whole into biology; if the Nobel Prize were not dominated by atheism, Behe could win one for this insight.
Islamofascism1990?A form of totalitarian Muslim fundamentalist rule, or extreme Islamism.
ivory tower1910a description of the pampered culture of liberal professors, and how far out of touch with the truth it is
jabberwocky1872meaningless talk; coined by Lewis Carroll, a conservative mathematician, in his classic book “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There”
John Hancock1903a personal signature, especially in a bold style that stands up for principles as John Hancock did with his signing the United States Declaration of Independence
judicial activism1947first coined in an article in Fortune magazine by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.,[80] and repeatedly used in U.S. Supreme Court opinions since 1967,[81] yet as of 2009 Merriam-Webster dictionary still fails to recognize this widely used term.
judicial prejudice2009the bias of a judge in favor of a political correct identity group intended to rig outcome equality in favor of that group based on subjective bias rather than objective justice.
judicial restraint1942“Assuming that this court has power to act, it does not necessarily follow that it should act. … In a number of situations, and in a number of cases, it has been held that courts should voluntarily refrain from using or asserting power. Where the use or assertion of power might be destructive of a well defined purpose of law or of a declared public policy such voluntarily imposed judicial restraint may be commendable.”[82]
judicial supremacist2004one who advocates that the courts should be supreme over the other branches of government for certain legal issues; first coined in a book by Phyllis Schlafly; first used by the judiciary by the Michigan Supreme Court in Paige v. City of Sterling Heights, 476 Mich. 495 (2006).[83]
judicial taking1982the deprivation of private property due to a court decision; this concept was introduced by conservative Justice Potter Stewart in 1967, and the term was used for the first time independently by the Michigan and Hawaii Supreme Courts in the same month (!) in December 1982, and then used often in law review articles and Circuit Court decisions in the 2000s, and then four Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed the principle in a decision in 2010, with two others accepting the possibility.
junk science1962[84]the corruption of the scientific method to advance other, often political, goals (such as Global Warming)
jury nullification1948the power of a jury to overrule the law and acquit an ostensibly guilty defendant; the power was established in the colonies in 1735 in the trial of John Peter Zenger, but this term was first used in state court by Pfeuffer v. Haas, 55 S.W.2d 111 (Tex. Civ. App. 1932) and in federal court by Skidmore v. Baltimore & O. R. Co., 167 F.2d 54 (2nd Cir. 1948)
Kafkaesque1946illogical, nightmare-like situations, which typically arise from Leftist control of a bureaucracy
killjoy1776one who spoils the pleasure of others.[85] Example-Vandals seek to disrupt conservative wikis, an education project. They are a killjoy to the learning process.
kiss of death1943a kiss symbolizing the promise to kill someone, from Judas’s betrayal of Jesus with a kiss, Mark 14:44-4
kleptocrat1819A politician who seeks status and personal gain at the expense of the governed
kowtow1826obsequious, unthinking obedience to someone or something, used especially in the context of dictatorships and liberal belief systems
Kremlinology1958the study of the otherwise indecipherable behavior of the government of the communist Soviet Union. Refers to the Kremlin, the traditional seat of Russian government (Soviet or not).
kudos1831praise for real achievement
la-la land1979[86]a term for the decadent, liberal culture of Hollywood-driven Los Angeles, originally capitalized as “La-La land.”; Merriam-Webster is in denial about this etymology and claims a later origin of 1983.
labor camp1900forced work prison
laissez-faire1825opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond what is minimally necessary
lame duck1761one falling being in achievement, especially a public official whose power is limited because his term in office is set to expire without possibility of reelection.
lamestream media2009coined by Bernie Goldberg to describe the clueless Mainstream media that repeat superficial, discredited liberal claptrap
landslide1838In the political sense, an overwhelming election victory. A clear, democratic expression of popular will.
leadership1821an ability and willingness to lead, often by example
learning curve1922initial, extra time and effort that is typically necessary before someone becomes productive
Left Coast1990sa more descriptive term for the West Coast of the United States
leftism1920principles and doctrine of leftists
level-headed1876“balanced”, “having common sense and sound judgment”
liberal creep2008liberal bias that gradually creeps or distorts an entry, definition, explanation, description, or historical account.
life vest1939a pro-life invention
lifelong1855something, usually a commitment, that lasts a lifetime, as in “a lifelong commitment to Christ
limousine liberal1969a multi-millionaire who pretends to be compassionate about the poor, but supports liberal policies that increase burdens on working Americans
litmus test1952use of a single political issue to determine if a candidate or nominee is acceptable
local1824[87]common usage: “all politics is local”
lockstep1802mindless conformity, often to liberal values
locomotive1829a great engine of economic growth during the Industrial Revolution
lone wolf1909a person who prefers to work, act, or live alone,[88] synonymous with self-sufficiency
loose cannon1973an undisciplined person or program that dangerously lacks forethought; used in mid-November 1976 to describe $11 billion in unspent appropriations by the Ford Administration: “‘That money,’ says Arnold Packer, a senior Senate Budget Committee economist who is helping Carter draw up his shadow budget, ‘is like a loose cannon rolling around the deck’ because a sudden reappearance of the funds could be inflationary.” (BusinessWeek)
lowest common denominator1854the lowest in work ethic, morals, or knowledge among a group; typically used to criticize the liberal practice of dumbing down content
low-information voter2007a term that explains why people vote for Democrats
lunatic fringe1913coined by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to describe members of eccentric, radical or extremist groups[89]
machismo1948a slang word for masculine charm, never used favorably by feminists
Main Street1743one of the many small towns in America, and their conservative values
mainstay1787the primary support, typically for something good
man of God1748a clergyman
manhunt1846notice how sexist the term is, and yet liberals have not been able to convert it to “personhunt”
man-hater1970s[90]William Safire wrote in the New York Times in 1983, “Misandry, from the Greek misandros for ‘hating men,’ is in the 1961 Merriam-Webster New International Dictionary, and the Oxford Dictionary Supplement traces it to 1946. The word is pronounced as ‘Ms. Andry,’ but I wonder why we need the Greek word for it. What’s wrong with good, old-fashioned man-hater?”[91]
make-work1923inefficient or useless activity that has the false appearance of being productive; a favorite endeavor of liberals
market failure1958[92]instances where the free market does not provide a desirable result, as when information is withheld from an unsuspecting consumer
manifest destiny1845Providential design over future events, which originated in the context of expanding the United States to the Pacific Ocean
Mardi Gras1699The annual celebration on the eve of Ash Wednesday and Lent, particularly in the historically Catholic city of New Orleans.
marriage redefinition2003descriptive term used to criticize the legalizing of same-sex marriage in Canada.
mask police2020busybodies, typically anti-Trumpers, who demand that others wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic despite unproven benefits of masks
materialism1748the view of life that physical matter is all that exists; as an “ism”, the term criticizes such view
meat and potatoes1951the most interesting or fundamental part
Medal of Honor1898a special American military honor for bravery on the battlefield
media bullying2008[93]first coined by Conservapedia, media bullying is aggressive bias by the media in the attempt to influence a politician or others, typically toward a liberal goal
melting pot1912a nation that requires “social and cultural assimilation” of immigrants for successful immigration[94]
meritocracy1958a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement
microeconomics1947the study of the economics of the individual person or business
micromanage1985insistence on controlling details, typically by liberals to censor progress; Ronald Reagan was critical of this style by Democrat Presidents
Midwest conservative2006used initially to describe right-leaning politicians from the Midwest including Gerald Ford when he passed away, the term captures the mixture of common sense, intellectualism, and faith that leads the conservative movement from the heartland.
mind control1944a pejorative term for how an atheistic government influences what people believe, especially through public education
mindset1909close-minded point-of-view, typically in adherence to a liberal falsehood and often to the exclusion of Christ
missile defense1980spopularized by President Ronald Reagan as part of SDI
mission creep1991the liberal tendency to incrementally broaden the original goals of an organization or mission; used by Tucker Carlson to describe the defect in the investigation by Robert Mueller of the Trump Administration in 2017
missionary1625someone sent on a mission, typically a religious mission
mobocracy1754rule by a mob, as at Wikipedia
monogamy1612this has the same date of origin as “productive”, and that may not be a coincidence!
moonlighting1957working more than a full-time job in order to be as productive as possible; the work ethic at its best
moral majority1979coined by Jerry Falwell to describe the movement of growing moral, Christian conservatives.
motivation1873can you believe the word did not exist before 1873?!
moxie1930determined enthusiasm, initially coined as a trademark for a popular soft drink sold at baseball games and elsewhere
muckety–muck1912a pejorative term for an arrogant person who holds a title or position considered to be important by others
muckraker1910a person who searches out and publicly exposes deceit[95]
Murphy’s Law1958if something can go wrong, then it will go wrong: this was a conservative insight by engineer Edward Murphy
muscle car1967placing a powerful engine in a classic two-door car for highly efficient performance; the result celebrates masculine style against erosion by feminism
myopic1990soriginally a term in optometry (1752), 1990’s used to describe liberals’ lack of foresight
namby-pamby1745[96]weak, indecisive, and, when describing a male group, also effeminate
name-dropping1950a term critical of the liberal practice of seeking to impress others by casually mentioning personal association with prominent people regardless of relevance to the conversation
nanny state1978“Under the New Economic Policy, [the new French Prime Minister Raymond] Barre has made it clear that industrial lame ducks can no longer count on the generosity of Nanny i.e. the state – for bailing out.”[97] Note how two powerful new conservative terms led to a third here!
negativism1824mental attitude that tends that is skeptical about almost everything, except one’s own views
newspeak1949political or media expressions using circumlocution and euphemisms to disguise or distract from the truth; first coined by George Orwell in 1984
neopopulism2012a form of populism that is conservative, as articulated by the book Neopopulism as Counterculture.[98] In a somewhat different way, the populism-based election of Donald Trump was also a conservative neopopulism.
noel1811a Christmas carol or, when capitalized, Christmas itself
non-justiciable1922[99]a difficult issue that the courts should not attempt to resolve, often because it is too political in nature
non-locality1920saction at a distance at the atomic level; even though proven, it is still opposed by those who believe in relativity and still not recognized by Merriam-Webster
nonstarter1902an idea—typically a liberal one—that has no possibility of being productive
nonstarter1902an idea—typically a liberal one—that has no possibility of being productive
nothingburger1953[100]A useful term in deflating persons or theories, as in Leftist conspiracy theories and politicians.
nullification1798assertion of authority by a State against encroachment by the federal government, in defense of liberty
obstructionism1879deliberate interference with free speech or legislative progress, as when liberal legislators (the “fleebaggers”) fled Wisconsin to try to block a reform
Old Glory1862a poetic name for the United States of America flag, as is Stars & Stripes
one-size-fits-all1996[101]Lee Wishing, director of communications for conservative Grove City College, in criticism of how the government administers student loans: “Unfortunately, with government programs, it’s one size fits all.”[102] The 2008 Republican platform states, “We reject a one-size-fits-all approach and support parental options, including home schooling, and local innovations such as schools or classes for boys only or for girls only and alternative and innovative school schedules.”[103]
one-trick pony1980a person or group that relies repeatedly on the same gimmick, as in “the media are a one-trick pony in their criticism of Rand Paul
open-minded1828see Essay:Quantifying Openmindedness
opportunity cost1911
ordered pair1870sdeveloped by the Christian Georg Cantor, this conservative concept was part of the set theory that he invented and revolutionized mathematics with, despite opposition by the establishment
organic food1950sa grassroots conservative response, led by mom-and-pop consumers and pharmacies, against government-approved pesticides and mandatory fluoridation
originalism1985taken from original intent, The belief that the United States Constitution should be interpreted in the way the authors originally intended it
originality1742Liberals not only lack originality, but (like Justice Hugo Black) are often hostile to its possibility.
Orwellian1960sterminology or style that advances the power of big government but is hurtful or nonsensical[104]
ostensibly1765having an outward appearance that may not reflect the underlying truth; good potential use is Luke 3:23 in describing Jesus as the son of Joseph
outflank1765to move swiftly around an opponent, a military tactic mastered by conservative General George Patton to crush the Germans in World War II
overthink1987[105]to think so much about a problem or issue as to miss more advantageous, simpler approaches. Sample usage: Donald Trump‘s successful style illustrated that his rivals were overthinking politics.
pack heat1940scarry a concealed firearm, allowed by permit in nearly every state, yet liberal bias has made dictionaries slow to recognize this term
parenting1958children raising
Parkinson’s Law1955how bureaucracies expand regardless of the productivity, and how inefficient work expands to fill the time available for its completion
parochial school1755a donation-supported, religious alternative to the mistake of public schools
Parthian shot1832a negative term for the tactic of expressing a criticism while one exits, just as the ancient Parthians would shoot arrows while retreating in battle. This tactic is common among those who reject conservative truths, as seen when left-leaning editors leave Conservapedia.
partial-birth abortion1995[106]a hideous “dilation and extraction” abortion late in pregnancy that dismembers the child and punctures his head
passive-aggressive1946aggressively obstinate by failing to act, as liberals are in refusing to read the Bible with an open mind
patent troll2001a company that obtains or buys up patents for the sole purpose of asserting infringement claims, and without any intention of actually manufacturing the invention; the term was first coined by Peter Detkin, in-house counsel to Intel
patriotism1726the concept of being willing to serve one’s nation under any circumstances, especially when defending it against outside opponents
Pavlovian1926a conditioned, automatic and unthinking response to a signal; it has been used twice by conservative Supreme Court Justices. “It is well established that this Court does not, or at least should not, respond in Pavlovian fashion to confessions of error by the Solicitor General.” De Marco v. United States, 415 U.S. 449, 451 (1974) (Rehnquist, J., dissenting); “‘Incorporation‘ has become so Pavlovian that my Brother BLACK barely mentions the Fourteenth Amendment in the course of an 11-page opinion dealing with the procedural rule the State of Florida has adopted for cases tried in Florida courts under Florida’s criminal laws.” Williams v. Fla., 399 U.S. 78, 144 (1970) (Stewart, J., dissenting and concurring).
pejorative1882a word that has negative connotations in describing something, which the liberal media use while pretending that the term is neutral, such as “nativism” or “isolationism”
perestroika1986increasing economic freedom and free speech under communism, which led to the unraveling of the communist Soviet Union
perpetual war1947Coined by historian Charles A. Beard,[107] it has been used most recently by Ann Coulter
personhood [108]1955Inherent rights guaranteed to all human beings from the beginning of their biological development, including the pre-born, partially born. Also, the state or fact of being a person.
Philadelphia1682coined by William Penn and meaning “city of brotherly love,” the concept captures the “best of the public” approach
phonics1684conservatives have long championed phonics to promote literacy, Bible-reading, and informed voters; liberals take the opposite position
phony1900[109]needed to address liberal deceit
photo bias1992[110]a common trick of the liberal media to push the reader to the political left on an issue, as in displaying a man without teeth as an opponent of a liberal bill or candidate.
Pickwickian1836a simple and generous quality, usually a person in the mold of Samuel Pickwick, a character in Charles Dickens‘ Pickwick Papers
pie in the sky1911an unrealistic claim of value about a future materialistic benefit
piece of cake1936Sample usage: with church and the Bible, life can be a piece of cake, but without Christ it can be very difficult
plandemic2020politically motivated hysteria over a pandemic, in order to advance Leftist goals such as mail-in voting and increased government control
plasticity1783having a plastic quality that conforms to molding or pressure; in pejorative usage, someone who easily conforms to peer pressure or liberal falsehoods
poetic justice1890when virtue is rewarded and/or wrongdoing is punished in an indirect or unexpected way
point of order1745[111]an objection to how a proceeding or discussion is being conducted, typically in opposition to liberal style and bias
political capital2004popularized by President George W. Bush after he won reelection and declared that he would “spend” the political capital by implementing his agenda
political machine1905a pejorative term for local and typically Democratic power structures that prevent outsiders from winning elections; first used by George Washington Plunkitt to criticize the Tammany Hall machine for which he served
politically correct1983This term originated among radicals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to enforce radical orthodoxy, but immediately flipped in usage to become a term of mockery of radicals.[112] The term may have come from Chairman Mao in 1936.
politicize1846seeking political gain at the expense of truth or quality[113]
politics of envy2011used by Australian conservative Christopher Pine to describe the philosophy behind taking money from private schools and giving it to public ones.
Pollyanna1913a very optimistic, cheerful, and exuberant person who lights up the world around her; the main character in the best-selling children’s book by that name written by Eleanor H. Porter (published in 1913)
portability1965the degree to which something—particularly software—may be easily moved with minimal expense from one technology platform to another; parables are effective because of their portability among languages
pork barrel1909government as a source of handouts that redistribute money from hard-working people to those who avoid work
post-abortive1986the unexpected trauma and physical harm—which can worsen over time—that is experienced by a woman after having an abortion; coined by Dr. Kaye Cash in an editorial describing what she learned during a 365-mile walk in southeast Arkansas to speak with the public about abortion[114]
Potemkin village1935a phony facade designed to distract the public from a disgraceful condition, typically used to describe deception by government against the people
pothead1959someone who smokes marijuana and doesn’t realize its longterm negative psychological effects
powerhouse1881source of energy and strength – which is what the conservative movement is
price discrimination1920charging different prices for exactly the same service or good; first coined by the British economist (and critic of John Maynard Keynes) Arthur Cecil Pigou in The Economics of Welfare.
price fixing1920the setting of prices in interference of the free market; it is illegal for private companies to do this, but government itself sometimes does it
prioritize1961to recognize that some goals and activities are more important than others, and then focus accordingly
private sector1952non-governmental businesses and jobs functioning in free enterprise
privatize1940to return a business or enterprise from state to private control; to de-nationalize.
Procrustean1832a pejorative description of the one-size-fits-all mentality, which disregards individual differences
productivity1810the gap of about 200 years between the creation of “productive” and “productivity” is astounding
pro-life1960describes one who supports women going through with having children rather than killing them in the womb
property right1853
provocateur1919someone who spends more time causing unproductive conflicts rather than advancing knowledge, accomplishing legitimate goals, or helping anyone
pseudoscience1844worthless claims written with the appearance of scientific rigor to gain an aura of credibility
public charge1880an official term used by the government to describe someone who depends on payments from government
publicity stunt1969[116]Used on April 10, 1969 by Republican Senators who withdrew from a tour and probe by Senator Ted Kennedy, criticizing him for his “publicity stunt” in preparation for his expected run for the presidency; the Chappaquiddick incident sunk his chances three months later.
puff piece1980sa biased story by the lamestream media to promote someone who shares their Leftist views
punctual1675consistently showing up on time, rather than a disrespectful tardiness
race card1995[117]“Playing the race card” consists of relying on racial emotions or charges of racism in order to overcome the truth and logic in politics, legal proceedings, or otherwise; this term became familiar in the criticism of the defense and acquittal of O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend.
reasonable doubt1770a Christian concept for the benefit of the souls of jurors, not the accused; first used in English by John Adams (before that, in canon law) in addressing the jury during his defense of the Boston Massacre perpetrators: “Where you are doubtful never act: that is, if you doubt of the prisoner’s guilt, never declare him guilty; that is always the rule, especially in cases of life.”[118]
rapture1629spiritual ecstasy [6]
recidivism1886the tendency for people lacking in faith and determination to revert to prior patterns of harmful behavior, such as repeat criminal offenders
recuse1949self-removal by a decision-maker (especially a judge) because of possible bias with respect to the pending issue
red tape1736excessive bureaucracy and procedural complexity which frustrate meaningful activity and progress
refudiate2010combination of refute and repudiate, as coined by Sarah Palin
relativism1865the view that ethical truths are not absolute, but depend on the person or group that holds them
responsibility1737the state of having a duty to do something, or being accountable or blamable for something; HAMILTON Federalist No. 63 (1988) II. 193 Responsibility in order to be reasonable must be limited to objects within the power of the responsible party.
rethink1700[119]to reconsider, a sign of openmindedness
reverse discrimination1969the use of quotas or affirmative action to use race or gender to discriminate against a better qualified person
revisionism1903[120]distortions of history to promote liberal bias
revolving-door1973the liberal practice of repeatedly transferring into and out of government in a way that impedes progress and access by others, like the same people going round-and-round in a real revolving door
right-of-way1768a right to pass through, other rights notwithstanding
RINO1992First known use in print: “Bill Clinton would have been proud …. The Republicans were moving out and the Democrats and ‘RINOs’ (Republicans In Name Only) were moving in.”[121]
RINO Backer2012a more important term than “RINO”, because what matters most is whether someone will stand up for a conservative position and candidate when the liberal media demand that everyone flock to the liberal side.
riot act1715[122]the Riot Act was a law passed in England in 1715 to authorize officials to disperse riots
risk averse1970s[123]the antidote to gambling, being risk averse attains the immense benefits that result from minimizing uncertainty
Rock of Gibraltar1776unwavering strength amid adversity
Rogue state1993(Originally used in 1993 then reintroduced in 2002.) A ‘rogue state’ displays no regard for international law. It attempts to acquire weapons of mass destruction and other military technology with which to threaten neighbouring countries and support terrorism. Rogue states often reject human values and brutalize their own people.
rubber-stamp1918unthinking repetition or endorsement of something, despite having the responsibility to make an independent decision, as in “Democrats rubber-stamp demands by the abortion industry.”
rugged1897[124]sample usage: “rugged individualism,” which describes the American character
running start1926taking initiative earlier than required, in order to achieve more
run of the mill1930meaning “merely average, commonplace,” the term is critical of a failure to strive for excellence
sacred cow1910a person or idea, typically liberal, that becomes immune from criticism because of its political usefulness rather than its truthfulness, as in the theories of evolution and relativity
scam1963a deceptive scheme, which is what most liberal theories are. Interestingly, the origin of the term “scam” is unknown, but its timing near the beginning of the 1960s is telling.
scapegoating1943a term criticizing how people, particularly liberals, deflect accountability and blame from themselves to others; inspired by Leviticus 16:8.
salutary neglect1775coined by the conservative Edmund Burke in his 1775 speech to the British House of Commons entitled “On Moving His Resolutions for Conciliation with the Colonies”[125]
school choice1980popularized by Milton Friedman in his book, Free to Choose
school of hard knocks1912[126]education by difficult, painful experiences
scientific fascism2009a coordinated effort by a group of scientists to enforce a certain point of view upon others.
scofflaw1924a word invented by the best of the public as part of contest to describe people who are contemptuous of laws and repeatedly violate them
scrutinize1671its original meaning was to examine votes, and thus prevent liberal attempts at voter fraud
secularism1850-55attempts to educate, particularly through public school, without including faith or even acknowledgment of God
Segway2001Dean Kamen’s trademark spelling of “segue” for use of Yankee Ingenuity to improve efficiency, to refer to a form of battery-powered transportation.
self-defense1651The ability to protect oneself against violent assault; weapons, including firearms, may be used for self-defense
self-destruct1968often the tragic result of liberal falsehoods
self-preservation1614preservation of oneself from destruction or harm
separation of powers1748the fundamental principle of the U.S. Constitution, separation of powers originated from “The Spirit of the Laws” by the French political philosopher Montesquieu.[127] Separation of powers establishes checks and balances as a safeguard against the concentration of power.
shotgun marriage1929pregnancy => get married. Think of someone besides yourself for a change.
show trial1937trials, especially in communist countries, which have preordained outcomes but are used for propaganda purposes
sidewalk counseling1975the practice of volunteers exercising their right of free speech to advise women against abortion as they walk on sidewalks toward abortion clinics; liberals have passed laws to restrict and censor this
silent majority1969coined by President Richard Nixon in his speech to the nation on Nov. 3, 1969[128]; refers to the large conservative population in America silenced by liberal media
silver lining1871a benefit that is not obvious to see, particularly amid a disappointment
skullduggery1867underhanded or unscrupulous behavior
silent majority1955[129]a poetic term for those conservative Americans silenced by liberal media despite being greater in numbers; the term is reminder not to give a heckler, a protester, or a vocal minority more deference than they deserve when the silent majority properly opposes their views
slippery slope1900sterm has been widely used for decades to expose the fallacy of “it doesn’t hurt to try”
small beer1836coined by Davy Crockett to signify someone or something having little significance, despite hype typically by liberals
small talk1745inconsequential, shallow conversation that is usually a waste of time
small town values1984term was first used by Democrat John Glenn in his failed presidential run in 1984, in a futile effort to appear more conservative than Ronald Reagan
smoke and mirrors1979something intended to disguise or draw attention away from an often embarrassing or unpleasant issue.[130] Widely used during the 1990s to describe Bill Clinton‘s political strategy.
smoke-filled room1920a pejorative term describing how a few political insiders sometimes pick a candidate or make a decision in a secret room (in the old days, filled with cigar smoke)
smoking gun1974a law-and-order term, “smoking gun” was first used as figurative term in a reported judicial decision in Rodgers v. United States Steel Corp., 1975 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12775 (W.D. Pa. Apr. 20, 1975), and many literal uses of the term in court decisions before that!
soapbox1907staging for a typically liberal, unproductive rant having little substance
soccer mom1987a mother who devotes herself to her children’s activities; this is a significant voting bloc or demographic group
social engineering1925an increasingly pejorative term for liberal attempts to create a “nanny state”
socialist1827someone who advocates government control over the economy, and particularly state control of the means of production
social justice rhetoric2009language and rhetorical ploys equating equality of outcome with justice
sophomoric1813pretending to know much, when in fact the person knows little and is even immature
soul-searching1924personal reflection about one’s own values and morality
sour grapes1760disparagement of something by someone who failed to attain it, rather than admitting his own faults
spend-and-tax2009[131]a variation on “tax-and-spend” (see below), “spend-and-tax” consists of spending the money first and then trying to justify raising taxes based on the deficit created by the spending
spin doctor1984someone ensuring that others interpret an event from a particular point of view.[132]
spot-on1949precisely correct, as in a prediction or in overcoming imprecision in a challenging task; its origin is from the military
squirrelly1928like a squirrel; jumpy and unpredictable; as in liberals get squirrelly when confronted with facts.
squish1981someone who pretends to be conservative when it is popular, but then caves into liberals as soon as they start to criticize him
stagflation1965inflation and high unemployment and stagnant demand by consumers, typically due to liberal policies as in the late 1970s under President Jimmy Carter
stalking horse1788a candidate or issue that serves to increase the chances that another will win, as in “antifederalists attempted to win elections by using ‘the stalking horse of amendments.'”[133]
statism1919advocates for centralized government and government ownership
Statue of Liberty1900a phrase used to describe it more than a decade after its completion
status quo1833a useful baseline for assessing and promoting conservative growth
stay-at-home1806typically usage is “stay-at-home mom,” the mainstay of successful, productive family life
stem-winder1875first-rate of its kind, especially a political speech; term inspired by the innovation for the watch to be wound by stem rather than by a key
straightforward1806something liberals are not
straw man1896an imaginary argument or example set up for the purpose of easily knocking down, while distracting from valid arguments
strategy1810a careful plan or method, the opposite of liberal style
street-smart1974the non-bookish intelligence necessary to survive and thrive in an unstructured, rough-and-tumble environment analogous to a tough neighborhood in a big city
Stupaked2010hurt by someone who reassured everyone he would do the right thing, but then switched at the last minute to do the opposite (refers especially to abortion betrayals)[134]
subsidiarity1936the concept (opposed by liberals) that responsibilities performed by local or subordinate organizations should not be usurped by centralized government
sugarcoat1865popularized by Abraham Lincoln to say that secession is a sugarcoated word for rebellion
supply-side1976the economic theory that reducing taxes expands economic activity by encouraging greater earnings and investments; proven successful during the Reagan Administration in the 1980s
survivalist1970one who is determined and prepared to stay alive, and even thrive at minimal living expense, if liberals cause a breakdown of society
take-charge1954proactive leadership for the greater good
takeover1917as in the takeover of government by the communist revolution in that year
takings1926[135]use of the power of eminent domain by government to convert private property to a public use, typically disfavored by the property owner
tax-and-spend1937not yet recognized by Merriam-Webster, it is included in and it means the liberal policy of raising taxes and increasing government spending
taxpayer1816the word highlights who is really paying for things
tea party2007an amorphous group of ordinary citizens unified against a more expansive government
Tebowing2011bending on one knee in public to give glory to God (named after pro-life NFL quarterback Tim Tebow)
teetotaler1834someone who does not drink any alcohol, and thereby avoids supporting the alcoholic industry
term limits1861can you believe this is not in the dictionary yet? Merriam-Webster omits it, but has it[136]
terrorism1795Coined during the French Revolution, refers to any form of spontaneous extreme violence, mainly committed by Muslims in modern times
textualism1952first used by Justice Robert Jackson in his influential concurrence in Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 343 U.S. 579 (1952), it now describes the legal philosophy of Justice Antonin Scalia
Thanksgiving Day1674a tradition older than the United States
think tank1940sfirst coined in Britain to describe intelligence organizations that helped the military, think tanks became part of the rise of conservatism in the 1970s and 1980s; is Conservapedia the think tank of the future?
thought police1949“The most gifted of [the public], who might possibly become a nuclei of discontent, are simply marked down by the Thought Police and eliminated.” – George Orwell, 1984.
time-tested1930an approach that has proven to be beneficial over time, like heterosexual marriage
top-notch1900the highest quality, which requires respect for merit to recognize
tort reform1970[137]a movement placing sensible limits on runaway liberal lawsuits
totalitarianism1926term which identifies the similarities of fascist and communist regimes and ideologies and urges resistance
tour de force1802a feat of skill
trademark1838extends the concept of private property to the marks used by business
traditionalist1856“adherence to the doctrines or practices of a tradition…the beliefs of those opposed to modernism, liberalism, or radicalism”[138]
transaction cost1961Economist Ronald Coase won a Nobel Prize for this.
transistor1948named by John R. Pierce and developed at the conservative Bell Labs, this invention epitomized Yankee ingenuity; Pierce was a critic of claims of artificial intelligence and was the future developer of Telstar, a precursor to the Strategic Defense Initiative
transparency1615allowing people who are affected by decisions to see how and why those decisions are really being made.
tree huggers1970sstill not recognized by the dictionary, this term criticizes extreme environmentalists, but they proudly use the term also to describe what they literally do
trivia1920insignificant detail, which can sometimes obscure what is important and distract people from the Bible; liberal Wikipedia is filled with trivial junk
Trojan horse1837describes a type of liberal deceit: subversion from within
Trump Derangement Syndrome2017an irrational, hysterical opposition to President Donald Trump simply because he is Donald Trump
Trump effect2016based on the leadership of Donald Trump, voluntary decisions by American companies to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States rather than move them offshore
trust but verify1980spopularized by President Ronald Reagan as the approach to use towards communist deceit
two-party system1925a system of government and politics in which two political parties of roughly comparable strength dominate, as in the United States
typewriter1829invented by a homeschooled American, used to better spread conservative ideas
ugly duckling1883an unpromising appearance but often with great unseen potential
ultra vires1793beyond the authority, especially of a government or corporate official
un-American1818contrary to American values
unborn child1791the rights of the unborn child have been recognized in English law since the 1600s, but the specific term “unborn child” itself may have been first used by an attorney arguing before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Den v. Sparks, 1 N.J.L. 67 (Sup. Ct. 1791)
uncertainty principle1929an underlying chaos (uncertainty) at the atomic level in the physical world after the Fall of man, which renders a perpetual motion machine and life beyond 120 years impossible
underachiever1952a typically liberal person who fails to accomplish what he could
underdog1859David v. GoliathCinderellabest of the public, etc.
underemployed1908having less than full-time or suitable employment
underwater basket weaving1950sA pejorative that describes worthless college courses and a declining educational system; see Worst College Majors.
unforced error1995[139]
unscripted1950speaking sincerely without parroting a script; “Rand Paul and Chris Christie are effective because, unlike Obama, they are unscripted.”
unsung hero1860someone who accomplishes good without receiving recognition for it
useful idiot1920[140]Sample usage: “There are not as many useful idiots on college campuses for the Obama reelection campaign in 2012 as there were in 2008, and it’s doubtful he can fill a stadium rally unless the campaign pays students to attend.”
vaccine police1999popularized by Phyllis Schlafly as first cited by the media in a front-page Philadelphia Inquirer article, which quoted her for saying “that the ‘vaccine police’ want to deny American parents the right of informed consent to vaccines and that the personal immunization records kept by states are the first step toward ‘compulsory control of individual health care.'”[141]
vacuous1850s[142]lacking any insight or depth of thought – common among liberal claptrap
vandalism1798malicious destruction of someone else’s property
vaporware1984a new computer program that is not really available as hyped in the media; see also the parable of the two sons at Matthew 21:28-32
venture capital1943capitalism at its best: funding new and risky enterprises to create wealth for many
veracity1623devotion to truthfulness
vet1904[143]a verb meaning to screen for flaws
veto1629a power by one branch of government to restrain another branch, and thereby attain less government overall
volunteer1618someone who freely offers to help
wannabe1981a word that criticizes liberal status worship
War on Terror2001no listing at Merriam-Webster; on February 2, 2009 (less than two weeks after inauguration), Obama dropped use of this term.[144]
washed-up1928no longer productive, as in “the washed-up liberal professor has not contributed anything to his field in 30 years.”
wasteland1825first figurative use was in 1868; T.S. Eliot wrote poem with this title (as two words) in 1922.[145] Fits perfectly the meaning conveyed in the “kingdom divided” teaching in Matthew 12:25.
waterloo1816a final defeat or setback, coined merely one year after the English defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo; there has never been a “waterloo” for Christianity or conservatism
weasel word1900[146]a word that is not conservative and which avoids being direct or substantive; named after the weasel’s habits as criticized by Shakespeare in Henry V and As You Like It.
Welfare queen1976a disparaging term for someone who collects excessive welfare payments through fraud, manipulation, or laziness. First used by Ronald Reagan during his 1976 Presidential campaign.
welfare state1941a government that views its primary responsibility to be to give handouts to individuals to make sure they have what they need
white elephant1860an oversized building that is worth less than its high costs of maintenance
wildcatter1883a pro-energy term that describes someone who drills for oil in fields not known to have oil
wishful thinking1925in liberal denial of evil and the devilliberals engage in unjustified wishful thinking
wishy-washy1873[147]easily changing in opinion, usually due to peer pressure
woman’s intuition1890[148]a perception more common in women that something or someone is to be avoided without yet understanding why.
word poverty2001[149]popularized by President George W. Bush
wordsmith1873someone who seeks to use language effectively, as many conservatives strive to do
work (physical sense)1826a physical measure[150] of effort used to increase energy
work ethic1951a habit of working as a moral good
workaholic1968coined by a Southern Baptist pastor to describe the work habits of himself and other ministers[151]
worldview1858a comprehensive way of looking at life and the world; sometimes used to criticize a liberal’s irrational belief system
Yankee1758Inhabitants of New England, United States. Dutch slang in 1698- Americanized 50 years later.
Yankee Ingenuity1761America’s inhabitants had a knack for clever design and capitalist success. The early Americans had applied their exceptional skills prior to the terms existence, see Eli Whitney and Benjamin Franklin.
yellow journalism1898the practice, started by newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer and his rival William Randolph Hearst, of sensationalizing and biasing newspaper headlines and articles in order to influence public opinion
yes-man1913someone, often a liberal, who agrees (and votes) as he is told
Young Turk1908an idealistic young man who seeks significant political change by defeating the Establishment
zero-sum1944activities or political approaches in which a gain can only be achieved at a corresponding loss to someone else. For example, Facebook revenue is “zero-sum” because it results from users wasting their time (or ruining their marriages); reading or translating the Bible is not zero-sum.
ziggurat1877an ancient house of worship first constructed by the Mesopotamian civilization; predicted by Biblical scientific foreknowledge in the story of the Tower of Babel, the existence of the ziggurats were unknown to the Western world throughout most of history